August & September 2023 News
Posted on 18th October 2023 at 16:38
All of our August 2023 News
28th July 2023
Huge congratulations to Maddie and Sophie who have received their results from The Royal Academy of Dance.
Maddie gained Distinction for her Intermediate foundation vocational ballet exam and Sophie gained Merit for her Advanced 1.
Both girls worked so hard and their dedication has paid off.
29th July 2023
Massive congratulations to Eloise for being nominated for two ballet exams in a row for The International Dance teachers association Theatre Dance Awards.
After her Intermediate Ballet exam ( teacher Miss Joanne)
Although still waiting for full results, we were notified today of the lovely news for Eloise.
6th August 2023
A huge Thankyou to Helen and all the Friends of Kirkham Henry for organising the fun day. The weather decided to be kind after such a very wet week, here are a few words from friends...
A lovely afternoon had by all....thank you to everyone who came to our fun day, it was great to see everyone enjoying each others company away from the usual madness of shows and the KH corridor!
There are some super dads with very artistic children when it comes to face paint!
What a great afternoon.
Maybe a bit too much fun for some as George here fell asleep whilst having his face painted . Thank you to everyone
9th August 2023
And just like that Summer school is over for another year!
It got really warm today too but we were still having fun and working hard ready for our little performance for family. I’d just like to say a huge thank-you to all the children for making the last three days so much fun and to Miss Millie as I couldn’t have done it without her
We hope you all enjoyed this afternoons demonstration as much as your children did , I hope they’re not too tired ! Miss Kyla x
10th August 2023
Amazing news from Hannah Grant former KH pupil - well done Hannah we’re very proud of your achievements.
Dear all at Kirkham Henry, I hope you’re all well? Just a quick update from me! Since graduating Bird College with a BA Hons in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre in the pandemic I have transitioned into the world of TV & Film. I am proud to say I have just finished training and been accepted onto The British Stunt Register and I can now fully begin my career as a stunt woman!
Training for the BSR was a very tough but extremely rewarding journey, I was required to train 6 different disciplines to very high levels. The disciplines were Rock Climbing (Rock Climbing Instructor) , Taekwondo (black tag), Horse Riding, Swimming, Scuba Diving (PADI Divemaster) and Stunt Driving.
I was lucky enough to be cast as ‘Penance Stunt Double’ on HBO’s ‘The Nevers’ in 2021-22. Since then I have worked for both BBC & ITV as a stunt woman and I am currently working on Game of Thrones spin off - ‘House of The Dragon’. I absolutely love the world of stunts and I spend my days training all kinds of sports, skills & martial arts when I’m not working. I can’t wait to see where it takes me and what the future holds!
All the best,
14th August 2023
To all our International Dance teachers association (IDTA) July exam pupils.
All your teachers send their congratulations for your excellent results.
You can enjoy your summer knowing we’ve attained our 100% pass rate and hopefully look forward to progressing to your next level.
Parent and carers please pass our message to those too young for social media.
26th August 2023
What a fabulous day at York racecourse, especially for the Sky Bet Ebor community sweepstake.
Helen, Chair of Friends of KH and Miss Angela attended a day hosted by York racecourse and Sky Bet in Box 1 in the Melrose stand for 22 charities and community groups from all over Yorkshire. The charity who won the £20,000 was Sheffield voices, a learning disability arm of Disability Sheffield- a self-advocacy group that supports people to have a say about issues that affect them.
With Frankie Dettori riding the winning horse in his final race not of the season but of all time.
Friends of KH receive £1,000 for reaching this stage and all the charities and community groups were thanked for all the good work they do.
Thanks again to Hannah for entering us.
29th August 2023
We’re catching up on posts -
Here’s a lovely smiling group who attended Miss Nickys singing workshop the week before last.
Miss Nicky was thrilled to see so many new faces.
31st August 2023
Congratulations to our Higher grade RAD pupils Grade 6-8 for gaining excellent results Merit, High Merit & Distinctions.
Your hard work paid off everyone, well done to you all.
3rd September 2023
Sunday morning smiles- What an amazing end to my summer holidays after watching former pupil Beth Armstrong in Hamilton the musical in the beautiful Victoria Palace Theatre.
I’m almost lost for words, as this was an experience like no other and being part of one of the fastest standing ovations I’ve ever witnessed, was magical.
I’m always so proud of former pupils, no matter their chosen career but when you see for yourself the Acting, singing and dancing (this time from Beth) I can’t help but get emotional and count my blessings for the tremendous talent KH nurtures and produces.
Congratulations Beth you were truly outstanding, keep the good work up as your success like your fellow KH Alumni always encourages our present pupils who wish to Pursue a career in the Performing Arts.
Hopefully we’ll see you all soon - remember term starts tomorrow 4th September.
Here’s to another happy successful new term.
11th September 2023
Did you see Miss Allison ( Drama ) on Coronation Street this evening?
Do look out for her on catch up if not.
Miss Allison said it’s always lovely to be back on set working with everyone.
3rd September 2023
Taken from Cheshire- live Review : Jesus Christ Superstar at Manchester Palace
Unusual concert-style and arthouse film approach to legendary musical is a moving experience
Hannah Richardson as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar at Manchester Palace (Image: Paul Coltas)
There is no praise high enough to describe the warmth and humanity Hannah Richardson brings to Mary Magdalene - whether she is front and centre trying to bring comfort and understanding to a man she loves and fears for or when she melts back into the crowd but somehow your eye is still drawn to her incredibly empathetic presence.
Congratulations Hannah, we’re looking forward to seeing you At Bradford Alhambra
3rd September 2023
Sunday morning smiles-
On passing my Intermediate RAD exam age 12 just after I won The English Junior Ballet Championship, and became a student member of The Royal Academy of Dance.
Who would have thought all these years later, I would be on an advisory panel helping dance teachers develop and support young people as they mature.
Today is the launch of The GuiDANCE network that I have been involved with in collaboration with RAD The Royal Ballet School and One Dance UK.
The mastermind of the project is Dr Siobhan Mitchell Research Fellow Children & Young People’s Mental Health Research Collaboration (ChYMe) University of Exeter. This morning I’m on my way to RAD where I’m on the Q&A panel representing Out of school settings (OOSS) about how to ensure practices promote healthy physical and mental development as it is central to the wellbeing of children participating in the performing arts.
As a life member of RAD I’m as proud as punch to be involved in this important project and being invited to be on the Panel.
Yes the photo is 12 year old me !
3rd September 2023
Sunday evening smiles - Mission accomplished
Today Miss Angela has been at RAD for the launch of The GuiDANCE network-growing up in Dance
Dr. Peter Lovatt BSc, MSc, PhD is a Dance Psychologist who heads the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire. After working as a professional dancer in musical theatre, and overcoming a severe reading difficulty, he took degrees in Psychology & English, Neural Computation, and Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He is the author of the academic text Dance Psychology.
Dr. Siobhan Mitchell * PhD Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
* MRes Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
* MSc Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Imogen Knight ARAD, BA (Hons), DDE, RAD TD, RAD RTS
With Miss Angela life membership of RAD & IDTA
Photo 3 by Dr. Peter Lovatt
25th September 2023
How proud are we of Saskia (former pupil and Miss Ali’s daughter) for her role as Assistant Producer on It Takes Two
( strictly spin off ) with Janette Manrara and Fleur East.
Well done Sas from all at KH 👏👏
27th September 2023
Here’s Mads ( assistant teacher) with Heslerton Football club coaching core dance, fitness and strength workouts. Knowing how many professional football clubs are aware how ballet helps with quick footwork, stamina and strength. Heslerton club are pioneering local training.
You may have heard that many professional football players participate in ballet. This is in fact true and there are several reason for this. Ballet provides a number of benefits to athletes. Whether it is in a professional dance studio or at home, football players receive significant benefits from ballet. These include:
Focus - Focus is imported on the football field. Ballet improves focus by encouraging the dancer to concentrate on precise movements while also appearing graceful.
Flexibility - While some view football as a strength-centered sport, flexibility is very important. It helps players avoid tackles, catch passes, and avoid injuries.
Speed - Ballet strengthens the legs, knees, and ankles. This increases running speed. Quickness on the field is crucial to success.
Strength - Ballet requires a great deal of arm and leg strength. It strengthens the body without adding bulk. This is why ballet dancers typically have a lean appearance.
Endurance - Ballet is an aerobic exercise that improves endurance.
Balance - Football players need great balance in order to make those leaping catches and keep their feet on the ground when opponents attempt to tackle them. Ballet is full of jumps, turns, and poses that require balance. Practicing ballet is a wonderful way to improve balance.
30th September 2023
Silver swans -take over -
All on the train thanks LNER
Our London adventure begins...
with a Backstage tour of The Royal Opera House. Thanks to Sam Raine
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